Donald Trump tried to link what he described as fellow GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson’s anger issues to child molestation during an interview set to air on CNN on Thursday night.
“It’s in [Carson’s] book that he’s got a pathological temper,” Trump told host Erin Burnett. “That’s a big problem because you don’t cure that. As an example: child molesting. You don’t cure these people. You don’t cure a child molester. There’s no cure for it. Pathological, there’s no cure for that.”
Carson, who has been Trump’s stiffest competition in the Republican nomination, has come under increased scrutiny after saying in his autobiography that he attacked a friend with a knife and hit a relative on the head with a hammer. The former neurosurgeon recently said that the relative in question was his mother.
“I mean, that’s pretty bad,” Trump said. “When he says he’s pathological — and he says that in the book, I don’t say that — and again, I’m not saying anything, I’m not saying anything other than pathological is a very serious disease. And he said he’s pathological, somebody said he has pathological disease.”
Watch footage from the interview, as posted online on Thursday, below.